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If you're burdened by recurring headaches or devastating migraines, you're no doubt desperate to understand these painful conditions and what can be done to relive them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about headaches and migraines at Proctor Chiropractic.
Headaches affect 80 to 90 percent of the U.S, population, sending some 8 million headache sufferers to the doctor every year. Migraines are less common, but they still occur in approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population.
A tension headache is caused by tension in muscles near the base of the skull. Some of these muscles are attached to highly sensitive membranes. When the muscles go into spams, the membranes send pain signals into the head. A misalignment between the head and top of the spine can cause chronic tension headaches.
It's believed that neurotransmitter imbalances and abnormal nerve signals cause rapid changes blood vessels, setting off a migraine attack. Specific triggers can range from physical and emotional tension to hormonal changes and certain food choices.
You may experience strange visual "auras" before the actual migraine attack. Classic migraine symptoms include intense pain, nausea, extreme sensitivity to sounds and lights, blurred vision, and even fainting spells. The effects of an especially brutal migraine can extend over a 72-hour period.
Your Tacoma chiropractor, Dr. Keohg or Dr. Luke, treats the underlying cause of your headaches instead of simply numbing the symptoms. Cervical spinal adjustments can relieve chronic muscle tension caused by neck/head misalignment. This allows the muscles near the base of the skull to relax.
Chiropractic care is very effective against migraines. Study participants have stated that their migraines became less frequent, and less intense, as a result of chiropractic care. Cervical spinal adjustments that improve your nerve signaling may help normalize your overall biochemical and neurological function.
Massage therapy can loosen tight, tense neck muscles, a tension headache trigger that may also provoke migraines. We can also help you identify dietary or lifestyle habits that trigger migraines so you can avoid them in the future.
Chronic headaches and migraines can make work impossible and rob you of all your favorite activities. Get the solutions to your distress by calling Proctor Chiropractic at 253-756-7500 for an appointment with either Tacoma chiropractor at our clinic!